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An Assessment of Erin O’Toole’s selection as Conservative Leader

In a leadership convention that will be known as much for its counting machines shredding ballot votes and the long delay in announcing results, as it will for the picking of a new leader, the Conservative Party’s members finally picked someone to replace the inept Andrew Scheer.

(Scheer didn’t go out in a blaze of glory either, but someone who appears very bitter he lost the 2019 election, and also exposed himself as the right wing ideologue most Canadians suspected he was/is)

The winner, in a bit of a surprise, is veteran MP Erin O’Toole. He did very well in Quebec in first round voting and captured the social conservative votes of Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan to beat back Peter MacKay in Round 3.

Did Conservative Party members make a smart choice? That remains to be seen. My sense is most Liberals viewed Peter MacKay as the most dangerous foe to them electorally, but the social conservative wing (which O’Toole courted and helped propel him to victory) has shown it is in control of the CPC party, and this wing is out of step with mainstream Canadian views on most issues (They also don’t physically distance very well either).

As for the Liberals, their biggest foe is themselves. They need to stop shooting themselves in the foot and creating issues for the opposition out of nowhere. One hopes that Chrystia Freeland as Finance Minister will help in that regard.

I offer my congratulations to Erin O’Toole for winning, but he’ll pardon me if I don’t say “best of luck” to him. I’d be lying if I said so 😉


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